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Michael Goodwin

Michael Goodwin

Call: 1996

Michael specialises in serious fraud, financial and business crime, serious crime and regulatory cases. Many of his cases are high profile. He tackles cases with precision, and has a meticulous, analytical and persuasive approach. He offers clients strategic advice and focused representation at all times.

Michael advises and represents private clients and clients directly on a Direct Public Access  basis (including for regulatory cases, criminal defence cases and appeals).

 

 


Crime
Serious CrimeSerious Fraud, Financial & Business Crime

Michael is a specialist in serious and organised crime cases, including offences of homicide, large scale drugs importation and distribution, people exploitation and trafficking.

Notable cases include:

 

  • R v Troisi (2017): Prosecution of manslaughter and arson where a highrise tower block of flats was set alight on the 9th floor following a neighbour dispute. The victim, who was 8 months pregnant had died whilst trying to escape. Press Links: ITV
  • Op Mime(2015-2016): Leading prosecution counsel: international people smuggling involving 35 asylum seekers (including families with children) smuggled from Calais, via Belgium and into Tilbury Docks disguised as freight cargo. One of the immigrants died during the ferry crossing to Dover.        Press Links: ITV | BBCEvening Standard
  • R v GB(2014) (Leading defence counsel). £2m 6-handed conspiracy to steal and export high performance vehicles by a professional organised crime gang targeting luxury cars and using sophisticated cloning devices to replicate contactless keys at airport valet parking services.   Press Links: Telegraph
  • Op Lambda(2016) Prosecution £3m nationwide cannabis cultivation conspiracy involving 25 properties.  .  Press Links: BBC
  • Op Karnack(2012) Defending in 12 handed £65m international drugs importation and distribution conspiracy.

Michael acts for both corporate and individual clients facing serious and complex fraud proceedings, and cases involving business crime allegations. He defends and prosecutes large scale cases in proceedings brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Home Office, Office of Fair Trading, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. He has particular proficiency in cases involving Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) Fraud and Immigration Fraud.

He is available to act in an advisory capacity from the early stages of an investigation if required.

He has been appointed to the Serious Fraud Office A Panel, as well as to the Crown Prosecution Service Fraud Panel. He has been instructed in some of the largest serious fraud litigation to be investigated and brought before the Courts. He has particular experience of bribery, corruption, misconduct in public office and accounting fraud cases.

Notable cases include:

  • R. v. X (2014-2017): Junior prosecution counsel advising the SFO in an investigation relating to a private contractor of the Ministry of Justice.
  • R v S (2017): (Defence counsel). 7 handed gold bullion fraud and money laundering.
  • Op Solitude (Defence counsel). Represented a company director in a £35m conspiracy to launder monies for organised crime groups through a network of Money Service Bureaus.
  • R v H (2017): (Prosecution counsel). VAT fraud prosecuting a company chairman and director.
  • Op Bronze(2014-2016)  (Leading prosecution counsel): Heading a team of prosecutors in an internal audit led operation concerning Local Authority corruption, money laundering and housing fraud on a massive scale and prosecuted 4 multi-handed trials including offences of misconduct in public office, fraud and money laundering.    Press Links: Evening Standard | ITVDaily Mail.
  • R v Luqman & Others(2013-2016) Junior prosecution counsel in a 6 month SFO trial relating to a £100m multi-handed banking syndicate fraud described then as the “biggest ever banking fraud of its kind”.  Press Links: TelegraphManchester Evening | SFO
  • Op Diviner (2016-2017). (Defence counsel). Large scale immigration fraud conspiracy involving 70 asylum seekers smuggled UK boarders.
  • Op Discharge (2016):  (Defence Counsel). 8 handed importation of 3m contraband cigarettes case.
  • Op Inertia (2013-2015) : (Junior Defence Counsel) £170m MTIC / VAT Fraud representing a company director.  Press Links: The Guardian
  • R v G (Junior Defence Counsel). Represented a company director in a large scale international immigration fraud and multi-million pound money laundering conspiracy.
  • SFO v Balfour Beatty plc(2012-2013) (Junior prosecution counsel for the SFO). The first civil recovery order being made relating to unlawful conduct arising from inaccurate accounting records. Press Links: Telegraph

Earlier notable cases include:

  • R v JQ Defended a pharmacist in a multimillion pound regulatory fraud case arising from global conspiracy to distribute and manufacture counterfeit life saving medicines. The prosecution (brought by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) centred on the regulation and control of medicine licensing within the EU. Press Links:  Daily Mail | BBC
  • R v Forsyth: (Junior prosecution counsel instructed by the Serious Fraud Office): The prosecution of a computer supplier company chairman for fraudulent trading.
  • R v S Junior Defence Counsel in multi million pound mortgage fraud and money laundering case.  Press Links: BBC 
  • R v T: (Defence counsel). £26m duty evasion and money laundering conspiracy.
  • R v K: (Defence counsel). £5m duty evasion involving an international conspiracy to import and distribute tobacco.

Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory

Michael provides rigorous and strategic legal representation for clients facing investigation by Regulators and Law Enforcement Authorities.

He provides advice and support for compliance matters, all aspects of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and money laundering regulations.

Michael represents clients before the General Medical Council (including its Fitness to Practise Panel), the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Police Disciplinary Tribunal in complex cases of misconduct.

He provides cross-jurisdictional representation for individuals and companies in linked regulatory and criminal litigation.

Michael advises and represents clients (including companies) before the Tax Tribunal in HMRC related litigation and tax disputes. He has considerable experience of multimillion pound VAT appeals involving Missing Trader Intra-Community Fraud investigations. He also conducts HMRC and excise related litigation before the Tax Tribunal and criminal courts.

Michael represents individual and corporate clients in Health and Safety prosecutions, including serious fatality at work cases.

Michael represents interested parties at inquests and in public enquiries.

 

  • R v JQ Defended a pharmacist in a multimillion pound regulatory fraud case arising from global conspiracy to distribute and manufacture counterfeit life saving medicines. The prosecution (brought by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) centred on the regulation and control of medicine licensing within the EU. Press Links:  Daily Mail | BBC

  • R v S Junior Defence Counsel in multi million pound mortgage fraud and money laundering case.  | Read press story |
  • SFO v Forsyth Junior Crown Counsel in the prosecution of computer supplier company chairman for fraudulent trading
Recommendations

Legal 500: Leading Junior

  • “He is excellent at organising detailed evidence and has a charming persona with the jury”Legal 500 2017

Publications, Lectures & Training

COMBAR: Legal profession Brexit Working Group paper on Criminal Law (2017)

Brexit & Money Laundering Regulation (2017)


Education

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University of Leeds

University of London

Inns of Court School of Law

Memberships

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South Eastern Circuit

Financial Services Lawyers Association

Proceeds of Crime Association of Lawyers

Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyer

Health & Safety Lawyers Association

Criminal Bar Association

 

 

Professional Appointments

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Deputy District Judge

Serious Fraud Office Panel A Counsel (2013, 2017)

CPS Grade 4 (Highest Grade) (2013 to date

CPS Specialist Fraud Panel (2013 to date)

CPS Serious Crime Panel(2013 to date)
Former appointment: Attorney General B Panel

Advocacy Trainer (Inner Temple).

Ethics Trainer (Inner Temple).

Other Appointments:

Independent Reviewer for the Surrey Police Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund (2013 -2016).

Regional Coordinator for the National Citizenship Foundation Mock Trial Competition (2011-2017).